Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sloppy Joes And Oven-Roasted Spuds

Sloppy Joes are another one of those foods that my family would prefer be made from a can. (specifically Manwich) While the old me (pre-retirement) felt a great sense of relief that I could please their palates with something so quick and simple, the new me (got-too-much-time-on-my-hands) loves to make things from scratch, preferably dirtying the most possible pots, pans and dishes. Call me crazy. Call me irresistible. Call me darlin', darlin'. Just don't call me late for dinner.

Magwiches (Get it?)

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef (I use Laura's Lean)
1 small onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1- 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp A-1 steak sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
2 Tbsp Splenda brown sugar (or 1/4 cup of regular brown sugar)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper

In a large skillet season ground beef with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic power and brown with onion and bell pepper. Drain. Stir in tomato paste, tomato sauce, vinegar, A-1, worchestershire, garlic powder and brown sugar. Simmer for 15-20 minutes on low-medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add in chopped parsley and stir through. Season again with salt and pepper if needed.

Oven-Fried Potato Wedges

2 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed, skins on, sliced into wedges
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Fill a large bowl with ice water and soak potato wedges in it while oven is preheating. Line a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil (or regular foil sprayed with cooking spray.)

Drain potatoes and towel dry. Combine potatoes with olive oil, rosemary, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to distribute oil and seasonings. Place potatoes in a single layer onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes then flip potatoes to ensure even browning. Return to oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are tender, crispy and browned.


stephchows said...

mmmmmmmmm your posts always make me drool and laugh :D love it! Man that looks like a good lunch!!! those fries.... *drooool*

Debbie said...

Great pictures! My husband would head straight for the Sloppy Joe and I will go right for the fries!!! They both look so good.

Mags said...

Steph: drooling and laughing is exactly what I set out to do when I write these...lol

Debbie: Thank you!

Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com said...

My husband was reading over my shoulder and commented on how good your potatoes look. He doesn't usually comment, so that's a good sign! :) Love the Magwiches, too - very cute name!

Mags said...

Jen: tell hubby thanks from me!